Sergei Prokofiev in Paris - May, 1920, in the afternoon

from Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 21 May 1920, page 516:

I played through a ballet by Carpenter, whose wife is in Paris and wants me to arrange for her to meet Diaghilev. I will do so, but doubt whether Diaghilev will want to produce this ballet: a procession from the banal to the ephemeral, often easy on the ear but always nugatory. As we rode together in a large and comfortable automobile I reflected how strange it was that there existed people who possess large cars and who do not have to worry about what the morrow will bring! As if in answer to my thoughts Mme Carpenter let out a great sigh: 'Oh, what would John not give to have Diaghilev …   more >>

cite as, Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 21 May 1920, p. 516. accessed: 15 July, 2024

location of experience: Paris


Sergei Prokofiev
performer, Composer, Musician

Listening to

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written by John Alden Carpenter
performed by Sergei Prokofiev

Experience Information

Date/Time May, 1920, in the afternoon
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


The ballet, Skyscrapers, was not taken on by Diaghilev, but was produced at the New York Metropolitan in 1926.

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Sun, 10 Jan 2016 13:19:57 +0000
Approved on Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:47:07 +0100